Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center
Hi all! Wanted to reach out to the Hive for ideas on what to put in our hotel welcome bags for our out of town guests, other than water, snacks, and Tylenol. Our wedding is in the Chicagoland area – is there anything that you guys can think of that might be related to the location? Like a “welcome to Chicago” thing other than a copy of the local train schedule so people can go into the city and explore the day after If they wish?
PS – putting this in the “Favors” category because that seemed to be the closest.
Post # 2
We went with mostly snacks for ours, but picked special ‘local’ items. Being from opposite coasts, that was steak seasoning for him, salt water taffy for me, and I made trail mix as our “combo” snack. I also added a croissant, locally made, because guests didn’t have immediate access to breakfast in our location. They freaking loved the croissants. Is there anything special that’s Chicago local besides pizza? lol.
Post # 3
Anything local? Garrett’s popcorn? A couple of local beers? I would try to put a local flair on it, especially if most of your guests are traveling in!
Post # 4
You could do some brochures of things to do in the area, if people are staying long enough to explore the city. You could do a Chicago fridge magnet, we got one in a welcome bag once and we still use it.
Post # 5
Fruit and breakfast bars always go over well. A reminder of the timeline of events and directions from one place to the other, important phone numbers, local attraction information, including directions or transportation info.
For kids, I’ve seen crayons or activity books, which is thoughtful.
Post # 6
Local snacks are always fun. I think it would also be fun to make a 1 page sheet of your favorite things or local events in Chicago, not just here’s a map of where to find the Art Institute or Cloud Gate.
1. This fun festival is going on this weekend…
2. Best view / observation deck
3. Favorite restaurant- also where we had our first date!
4. Cubs are playing a home game at X. Order a ticket here or watch at our favorite bar in Wrigleyville.
5. The one tourist thing you have to do in Chicago is…
Keep it to like 5-8 recommendations with a mix of personal faves and some lesser known tourist tricks and tips.
Post # 7
Is there some sort of a locallly made snack or candy? Or alcohol? I always enjoy it when I get to taste some local treats!
If it’s within budget, I always think it’s nice if there’s a way to include a voucher, gift card, drink token, etc for the hotel coffee bar or something like that.
Maybe a little printed list of stuff like the best place for pizza, best sports bar, best place to get a cappcuino, etc? Personalize it with stuff like the reasons why each place is your favorite.
Kind of an odd one, but what about a list of movies filmed in Chicago along with an iTunes gift card that would cover a movie rental? (“Something to watch on the plane home to remind you of the fun times you had in Chicago…” ?
Post # 8
We had a bunch of families with kids who came in for our wedding. In the bags for those families, along with the stuff we gave everyone else, I stuck in some coloring sheets and a small pack of crayons and some small toys.
Post # 9
I would definitely do some snacks, especially ones you can only find in Chicago or originated in Chicago (Garrett’s popcorn, cracker jacks, Vitners chips, Margie’s Candies, etc). Some sort of a breakfast bar would be nice too.
Beyond snacks I’d put in a sheet with your favorite places to see and restaurants in Chicago. I went to a wedding in Cleveland where the couple did that and it was great and made exploring so much easier.
You could possibly do a local beer like Goose Island.
Maybe something with Wrigley field on it, like a mug or a beer cozy.
Post # 10
Garrett’s popcorn and a WBC rootbeer! That way they can have a snack if they’re getting ready! A list of where to get good pizza (Lou Malnatis) so your guests don’t go astray? LOL
Post # 11
I second Garret’s popcorn (the caramel and cheese mix is THE BEST) and Goose Island beer if you’re looking for local goodies!
Post # 12
Fellow Chicago resident here. I agree 100% on local snacks. And always love when a couple gives us local recommendations. There are so many good things beyond Cloud Gate, Navy Pier, and deep dish pizza and I think personal recommendations of gems they might not find on their own can go a long way.